Archived News - September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Night Out with the Pirates

Justin, Tyrone, and Dan, individuals from our Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities residential facility in Pittsburgh enjoyed a night out with the Pittsburgh Pirates! They reported that they had a great time and especially enjoyed the nachos! This was the second game they attended this month, courtesy of the Pirates organization. Staff members Marc Floyd and James Francis made sure the evening was memorable for our individuals. James was lucky enough to be featured on the stadium’s jumbrotron! James was chosen to play a game during the sixth inning, and won a t-shirt and haircut by Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli.

Night Out with the Pirates
Night Out with the Pirates

Monday, September 19, 2016

NHS Represents at the 2016 Recovery Walk in Philadelphia

NHS was very well represented at the 2016 Recovery Walk held on Saturday, September 17 at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. The NHS team shared the experience with more than 26,000 people in recovery and supporters, including Michael Botticelli from the White House and Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney who provided words of encouragement, acceptance and hope in recognition of National Recovery Month. The NHS Parkside Recovery and Fresh Start communities earned the award for the third year for the most registered walkers, with 581 participants, family members, and staff! NHS is immensely grateful to the tireless work of several staff that organized the registration and coordinated as many walkers to wear NHS blue as possible. Special thanks to team captains Tyrone Frazier and Andrew Ricciardi for their efforts, and for displaying another example of how Recovery Works!

NHS Represents at the 2016 Recovery Walk in Philadelphia
NHS Represents at the 2016 Recovery Walk in Philadelphia

Friday, September 16, 2016

Recovery in the Community Resource Fair

Friday, September 16 was a beautiful day, full of celebration and support as Familylinks hosted its 2nd annual “Recovery in the Community Day”. Hundreds of individuals in recovery, and their families, were greeted and provided information by representatives from dozens of service providers, community law enforcement, the fire department, and more. The event opened with remarks by Familylinks CEO Fred Massey and Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto. Throughout the day, NHS Supervisor for Team 2 DACM (Drug and Alcohol Case Management) Frankie Martin-Sambuco greeted attendees, and provided information about NHS’s recovery services, including linkages to services that support an individual’s personal recovery journey and 24/7 crisis intervention.

NHS is grateful to FamilyLinks for the opportunity to participate in this fun and inspirational day, and to meet so many friends who are participants in recovery.

Recovery in the Community Resource Fair
Recovery in the Community Resource Fair

Thursday, September 15, 2016

NHS Partners in Caring Spruce Up Two Philadelphia Homes

On a beautiful and sunny day, more than 50 NHS administrative staff members, employees from Philadelphia Insurance Companies and The Graham Company, and residents and staff members from two of our homes in the Germantown section of Philadelphia volunteered to participate in Partners in Caring. Volunteers spent the day on Thursday, September 15 cleaning up the outdoor areas surrounding the homes, including mulching, weeding, painting, digging, planting, and other yardwork. The NHS Iris House is a Long Term Structured Residence (LTSR) that houses men and women, and the Douglass House is a Community Residential Rehab (CRR) for men with behavioral health challenges.

Launched in 2015, NHS Partners in Caring provides an opportunity for administrative staff that are not generally active in the daily service operations to visit NHS sites and to make a difference that supports all that the organization does. In partnership with corporate agencies, including Philadelphia Insurance Companies and the Graham Company, NHS participates in a variety of initiatives at its community locations throughout the year. Residents and staff at Thursday’s event were extremely appreciative of the support received from NHS and our corporate partners. Great job to all volunteers!

Monday, September 12, 2016

NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive

Almost 30 volunteers from NHS corporate support departments and AFSCME Council 13 DC88 donated blood on September 12 at the Meeting and Conference Center at Sentry Park in Blue Bell, PA. As part of the Trauma Informed Care initiative, NHS partnered with the American Red Cross to host the blood drive after employees asked what they could do to help in light of tragic events that occurred nationally over the past few months. The blood drive was a great opportunity to support those in need, as well as to help the Red Cross replenish their diminished supplies. Special thanks to all the donors, the NHS volunteers who helped facilitate the event, and to representatives from AFSCME Council 13 DC88 for supporting NHS and this important initiative.

NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive
NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive
NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive
NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive NHS and Red Cross Partner to Host Blood Drive

Monday, September 12, 2016

Fresh Start Supports Homeless Veterans

Employees from the Fresh Start program spent the weekend at the annual Delaware Valley Stand Down event held in Penndel, PA. The three day event took place outdoors and served veterans in the five counties that make up the Delaware Valley. The goal of this event was to bring veterans to a central location to learn about all the resources available in the area. The Veterans Administration, along with community providers such as NHS offer resources to help veterans address various issues and gain immediate access to services such as: medical and mental healthcare, benefit acquisition, emergency and permanent housing, legal assistance, and a number of additional human services. The Fresh Start mobile care coordinators, direct care staff, and management team engaged approximately 50 to 60 veterans, several of which were given placement at an NHS veterans transitional housing program.

Fresh Start Supports Homeless Veterans
Fresh Start Supports Homeless Veterans

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Reception

The City of Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Immigration and Multicultural Services, Office of the City Representative and Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians a special reception for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on September 12 at City Hall in Philadelphia. As communicated in August, NHS Philadelphia welcomed Dr. Aneshree Moodley, Mandela Washington Fellow, for a six week professional development experience. Dr. Moodley is a practicing psychiatrist working at Valkenberg Hospital in Western Cape, South Africa. As part of her experience at NHS, she learned ideas for a family planning clinic in South Africa especially designed for women with mental illness.

Dr. Moodley and the other Fellows were recognized at the event, and will receive citations for their participation in this important program. NHS thanks Dr. Moodley for supporting NHS and we wish her well with her future endeavors. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which brought 1000 YALI Fellows from all 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. for a 6-week learning experience at leading universities this summer, and 10 fellows to Philadelphia for an additional 6-week professional placement with local organizations.

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Reception

Friday, September 09, 2016

Direct Support Professionals Week (September 11 – 17, 2016)

DSP 2016 Thank you, Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and all staff who work in direct-care positions, for your continuous and tireless efforts to support the individuals we provide services for on a daily basis! Your commitment to more than 40,000 individuals and families does not go unrecognized and NHS is extremely fortunate to have you as part of our team!

Each of you goes above and beyond your daily responsibilities to show how you embrace the NHS mission, vision, and core values. NHS appreciates the compassion and dedication you show to individuals in our care every single day. There will be events next week recognizing you and your hard work, and we are excited to share these celebrations across the company and on social media.

Keep up the great work that you do every day and remember our commitment to help one individual at a time!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

NHS’s Own Wins PA Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year

Steven Fields, an individual with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities who resides in an NHS Community Living Arrangement facility in Plymouth Meeting, PA was chosen as the Special Olympics Pennsylvania male athlete of the year for 2016. At 70 years old, Steve actively participates year-round in the Special Olympics sports, including volleyball, basketball, softball and bowling. His coach and teammates state that he is kind to everyone, cheers for all participants, and is very supportive of his team. Off the field, Steve enjoys routing for all of the Philadelphia professional sports teams, however the Phillies and Eagles are his favorites! Steve always says he's 70 years young, and this achievement proves it. Congratulations, Steve!

Visit www.timesherald.com to read the full story of Steve’s achievement!

NHS’s Own Wins PA Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year
NHS’s Own Wins PA Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year
NHS’s Own Wins PA Special Olympics Male Athlete of the Year